Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Until Noon Friday Above 3500 Feet

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URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1001 PM EDT THU MAY 5 2016

…RARE MONTH OF MAY SNOWFALL COULD CAUSE TRAVEL PROBLEMS IN THE
NORTHERN NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS OVERNIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING…

.MOISTURE WRAPPING SOUTHWARD ALONG THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS
BEHIND A DEEP LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS BEING ACCOMPANIED BY JUST
ENOUGH COLD AIR TO PRODUCE ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL ALONG THE HIGHER
ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHERN NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS. THE SNOWFALL
MAY COMBINE WITH TEMPERATURES NEAR OR JUST BELOW THE FREEZING
MARK AT TIMES TO CREATE SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS IN THE HIGHER
ELEVATIONS THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

NCZ033-050-061200-
/O.NEW.KGSP.WW.Y.0012.160506T0201Z-160506T1600Z/
AVERY-MITCHELL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…BANNER ELK…NEWLAND
1001 PM EDT THU MAY 5 2016

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EDT FRIDAY ABOVE
3500 FEET…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ABOVE 3500 FEET FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN
EFFECT UNTIL NOON EDT FRIDAY.

* LOCATIONS…ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET IN AVERY AND MITCHELL
COUNTIES.

* HAZARDS…ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL.

* TIMING…FAIRLY STEADY PRECIPITATION WILL WRAP SOUTHWARD ALONG
THE SPINE OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS THROUGH THE NIGHTTIME
HOURS. TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR THE PRECIPITATION TO
FALL AS SNOW ABOVE 4500 FEET…WITH A RAIN AND SNOW MIX LIKELY
BELOW THAT. THE SNOWFALL WILL TAPER OFF OR MIX BACK OVER TO RAIN
THROUGH LATE FRIDAY MORNING.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES AT
ELEVATIONS AROUND 3500…RANGING UP TO 3 TO 4 INCHES ABOVE 4500
FEET…WITH ISOLATED 5 TO 6 INCH TOTALS ALONG THE VERY HIGHEST
PEAKS.

* IMPACTS…THE SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE MAINLY ON THE GRASS AT LOWER
ELEVATIONS…BUT ROADWAY TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLDER AT THE
HIGHER ELEVATIONS AND SLIPPERY ROADS WILL LIKELY DEVELOP THERE.

* TEMPERATURES…IN MID TO UPPER 30S…BUT AROUND FREEZING AT
ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 25 TO 35 MPH AT
TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

PLEASE REPORT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS BY CALLING THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT…1…800…2 6 7…8 1 0 1. LEAVE A
MESSAGE WITH YOUR OBSERVATION AND THE SPECIFIC LOCATION WHERE IT
OCCURRED. YOU CAN ALSO POST YOUR REPORT TO NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE GREENVILLE SPARTANBURG FACEBOOK OR TWEET YOUR REPORT
USING HASHTAG NWSGSP.

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